Skip to comments.Former New York Mayor Ed Koch: Obama is willing to 'throw Israel under a bus to please Muslims'
Posted on 04/03/2010 1:51:47 PM PDT by opentalk
One of New York Citys most famous and influential Jews, former mayor Ed Koch, longtime Democrat and longtime mayor (he governed New York for eleven years) is showing distinct signs of buyers remorse. And anecdotal evidence gathered by him and me in my sojourns around New York and New Jersey suggest that Hiz Honors emotional trajectory is fairly representative of a growing disenchantment among Jews who voted for Obama.
The falling out of love, the term Mayor Koch used in an August commentary where he began expressing doubts, has been gradual. First there was the handling of the health care bill. Then the Presidents failure to extract quid pro quos from Russia and China, then the underwear bomber affair. But it was Obamas recent treatment of Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House (refusing to allow photographs, sequestering the world leader in a room and then leaving him there while he went to have dinner with his family with the instruction call me if anything changes) that seems to have pushed the rambunctious former mayor over a kind of edge.
Several days ago Koch, who is still a practising lawyer, caused a media stir by publishing a commentary titled Never Again Should We Be Silent. The essay, which declares that President Obamas abysmal attitude toward the state of Israel and his humiliating treatment of Prime Minister Netanyahu is shocking was widely reproduced in other media. He received about 500 emails (overwhelmingly supportive of his point), and then there was the kicker, on April 1, (and, no it wasnt an April Fools joke). He went on the Fox Business News network where he told host Neil Cavuto, I believe the Obama administration is willing to throw Israel under the bus in order to please the Muslim nations.
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I believe this was originally published in “Duh” Magazine.
Shame on Koch for voting for him.
Jews that voted for Obama must not know the history of other Fascists. They are Fascist’s number one most likely group to be exterminated by them.
You’re a little late to the party, Ed. Too soon old, too late smart.
Hasn’t changed, but he sounds so rational...duh
I swear I read it on a thread on FR, first.
To its credit, Congress, according to the Daily News, has acted differently towards Prime Minister Netanyahu than President Obama. Reporter Richard Sisk wrote on March 24th, Congress put on a rare show of bipartisanship for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday - a sharp contrast to his chilly reception at the White House.
"We in Congress stand by Israel," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a beaming Netanyahu, who has refused to budge on White House and State Department demands to freeze settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. But Congress does not make foreign policy
The President of the United States determines our foreign policy - nearly unilaterally - under our Constitution. So those Congressional bipartisan wishes of support, while welcome, will not protect Israel in these areas -- only the President can do that. Based on his actions to date, I have serious doubts.
We tried to warn everyone. They wouldn’t listen; they had fogged minds and glazed eyes.
Jimmy “The Anti-Semite” Carter was the prior Democrat President who burnt his bridges with the Jews and had only four years at the helm.
Barack Obama gave the Jews a lot of indications he would be worse than Jimmy “The Anti-Semite” Carter and still the Jews voted for Obama the Muslim.
Why does it take the Jews so long to figure out who are their friends and who are their enemies?
Fun to about now remember Mrs. Bill Clinton giving Mrs. Arafat a big hug.
Oh yeah and Mrs. Clinton saying, “you f-ing Jew bastard”.
And how obammy is really a moosie.
And lastly all them American Jews voting for obummer.
One lousy hour of internet research would have told you that long before the election, Ed. Dumbazz!
So, Mr. Mayor, who did you vote for?
---At the same time, President Obama has weakened Americas alliances while kowtowing to Americas enemies. Great Britain and Israel, Washingtons closest allies in Europe and the Middle East, have been treated with sneering contempt, while hostile regimes have been greeted with the extended hand of friendship.
-- When a great nation turns on its own friends and embraces its adversaries you know there is something fundamentally wrong with its leadership.
I keep hoping that this is akin to the Corleone idea of "keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer." But I don't think that's the case here.
Koch went very public during the campaign to convince American Jews that Hussein was “safe” and was a “friend of Israel”. Meanwhile, there’s video out there of Koch claiming he was “scared to death” of Sarah Palin (yes, the same Sarah Palin with the Israeli flag in her gubernatorial office) because (1) 2 “reputable” sources (NY Times and AP) “corroborated” the charge that she wanted to ban books from the Wasila library (charge that was conclusively debunked) and that (2) she’s not a fan of abortion. I’m an American Jew - one of the few in my family who’s conservative. I truly believe that unfettered access to abortion is the trump card for the Jewish vote. Don’t ask me to explain it, but it’s a non-starter for the majority of my tribesmen if you want to restrict the big A in any way.
As I argue with my family, there’s a reason why we’ve been repeatedly persecuted and slaughtered. There definitely is a suicidal gene in our DNA! Just look at how American Jews are approaching Israel of late. We all know that Israel - for us - serves as a “safety valve” for modern Jews that our grandparents and great-grandparents didn’t have in the 1st half of the 20th century. Yet, we’re all concerned about the “human rights” of the surrounding savages who plot tirelessly to murder Israel’s women and children. And, we vote for “diplomacy” in our own elections - when we know full well that this never works and the end result is certain to be a nuclear Iranian state run by Mahdi-worshipping fanatics who are actively telegraphing their gameplan (get the bomb and eradicate the state of Israel!).
Again, I can’t explain it. I - and my philosophical brethren - do realize that the only force keeping Israel safe is the strong support given her by (primarily evangelical) Christian community in this country.